One in five women in the world have suffered sexual abuse as a child, and one in every three has suffered physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner at some point in their lives (WHO). Global status report on violence prevention (2014).
In Europe, 62 million people have suffered gender violence at some point in their lives and one in three have suffered physical or sexual aggression (Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014).
In the Spanish state, 55 women were murdered in 2014. The figure rose to 62 in 2015 (Government Delegation).
In Catalonia, over 26% of women have suffered severe sexist violence at some point in their lives, the rate being particularly high among young women. Femicide occurs year after year too, with fourteen women murdered in 2014, four in 2013, thirteen in 2012 and seven in 2015 (Ministry for the Interior, Government of Catalonia).
The Barcelona Observatory seeks to explain how this public issue affects women in the city.